One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1The sign £, representing a pound sterling.
- ‘Cashmere jumpers have slashed sleeves with buttons, while dollar and pound signs add a humorous touch to classic knitwear.’
- ‘Does a pound sign, followed by the numeral 1 and nine consecutive noughts give rational human beings the right to turn into irrational moaners?’
- ‘In this particular case, the police are in the UK, and they seem to have conveniently swapped out the dollar signs for pound signs, but kept the numbers identical - exchange rates be damned.’
- ‘People who alter pound signs to euros on cheques and lodgment slips could bring the retail banking clearing system to a halt during the euro changeover, Bank of Ireland warned yesterday.’
- ‘It adopted the pound sign as its party symbol to emphasise its hostility to the euro, which is viewed by Washington as the only potential challenger to the supremacy of the dollar.’
- ‘If a website is rendering pound signs with an A in front of it i.e. A £100.00, what's causing it and how do I stop it, is it a setting on the computer or does it need code to get round it?’
- ‘Optimism still has to be converted into pound signs though.’
- ‘Joining him will be all thinking people that care about this planet, including many thousands of scientists that haven't got dollar or pound signs blocking their vision.’
- ‘He spent six weeks in Brixton prison for drawing a pound sign on a £60m Rembrandt painting at the National Gallery, later admitting it was a step too far.’
- ‘It's a mistake for journalists to come into this business because they see pound signs.’
2North American The sign #, representing a pound as a unit of weight or mass, or used as a symbol on a phone keypad or computer keyboard.
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